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University of California Davis Medical Center
The M.I.N.D. Institute
Part of the UC Davis Medical Center, the M.I.N.D. Institute (Institute for the Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is dedicated to finding a cure for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other neurological disorders of children. The institute's founders believe the cure will be discovered through multidisciplinary collaboration between diagnostics, research and treatment.
To that end, HGA designed the M.I.N.D. Institute to encourage interaction among researchers, clinicians, educators, students, parents and--to some degree--the children themselves. The program includes three main buildings for wet research labs/dry research labs, resource/conference center, and clinic and academic offices. The site plan locates the buildings in a 10-acre campus setting, creating a series of courtyards and loggias that integrate the buildings into a cohesive whole.
The interiors are inviting to families yet not overly stimulating for easily distracted ASD patients. HGA specified comfortable furnishings, soft lighting, warm woods, subdued patterns and muted tones with unobtrusive yet cutting-edge technology. HGA also paid careful attention to detailing the millwork--beveled edges incorporated into the millwork eliminate sharp, potentially dangerous corners.
The site design for the M.I.N.D. Institute reinforces the building program by also promoting interaction between researchers, clinicians, students, etc. Trellis walkways connect all buildings, reception quads and courtyards and provide common paths for scholarly interaction, and warm and inviting places for patients and their families. Among a series of courtyards, the Founder's Garden honors the five families who founded the institute with mature coast live oak trees. Transplanted as a group, these trees represent the strength of stability of families coping with neurodevelopmental disorders.